Blow, blow, blow your boat…

Blow, blow, blow your boat…

Social media helps boat get back In the midst of gutting houses and having more things on his to-do list than ever before, Key Colony Beach City Commissioner Jerry Ellis just wrote his boat off as a loss. “I didn’t have a lick of insurance on it and just never dreamed I would see it […]

It’s the little things, and the big things

It’s the little things, and the big things

Woman raises thousands for Irma supplies More than 50 bottles of bleach, gloves, masks, and cases of garbage bags, 32 garbage cans, 10 tarps, shovels, extension cords, six fans, five chainsaws and wheelbarrows, four mailboxes, two machetes, one bar of chocolate (yes, this says chocolate), and the list goes on… More than 50 people received […]

Marathon’s Faro Blanco houses the needy

Marathon’s Faro Blanco houses the needy

Ninety percent of guests are displaced locals It’s a good thing 79-year-old Carl Redfern didn’t stay in his Galway Bay trailer in Marathon like he had planned. After Hurricane Irma, he found his home ripped in half and nothing left inside. Redfern didn’t have a pet carrier and couldn’t take his cat, “Smooch,” to a […]

A reprieve in Dry Tortugas

A reprieve in Dry Tortugas

Also: No bullynetting after curfew Richie Stiglitz is having a sleepover on Key Colony Beach, grilling for his crew and friends six days post-Irma, telling stories of the past week. His story is a little different from most. He, with a fleet of nine commercial Marathon boats, rode the storm out 60 miles offshore in […]

Hogfish rules change

Hogfish rules change

Limit drops, fork length rises One of the Florida Keys’ most popular fish to catch and eat, the hogfish, is subject to some serious commercial and recreational changes. Starting Aug. 24, the bag limit off the Keys for hogfish has been dropped from five fish per person per day to one. Also, the fork length […]

Artist Paula Leftwich: ‘Tiny details’

Artist Paula Leftwich: ‘Tiny details’

Self-taught painter obsessive about art Artist Paula Leftwich doesn’t care where she paints. She’s happy outside in the open air, or at her home studio. Recently, she’s even been setting up shop at Shady Palm Gallery on Thursdays to finish up her acrylic lifelike projects. Her forte: incredibly detailed marine life and bird scenes. “I’m […]

InFINite possibilities: Kevin Freeman

InFINite possibilities: Kevin Freeman

Coach Kevin Freeman ready for school, three new seasons With 18 years of experience teaching at Marathon High School, Kevin Freeman is ready to start the 2017-18 school year teaching physical education, leadership, and driver’s education. In addition to his school-hours job, he’s the coach for varsity girls’ volleyball and softball and boys’ basketball. “Volleyball […]

Avocados galore at Little White House

Avocados galore at Little White House

Pick your own from Truman’s tree “It is harvest time now,” said Little White House’s Jeanna Garrido. “People are having a fun experience picking their stock over here.” The Little White House offered a unique opportunity for people to get avocados off of one of the trees at the Little White House. “It was a […]

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